Josh Davis says Meralco needs to be tough mentally to overcome 0-2 deficit vs Rain or Shine
Josh Davis says he is not worried despite the two-game deficit in tne best-of-three series against top seed Rain or Shine. Jerome Ascano

FOR Josh Davis, it will take more than physically matching up with Rain or Shine for Meralco to stay alive in their PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinal series.

“It’s just a mental thing with us right now,” the Bolts import said after they lost Game Two, 92-82, on Sunday. “We know what to do, but sometimes, mentally, we just don’t stick to the game plan.”

[See Rain or Shine peppers Meralco with 19 three-pointers to take commanding 2-0 lead]

“But we’ll figure it out,” the American big man added.

The Bolts try to avoid a sweep in Game Three on Tuesday.

For a while, the Bolts, appeared to have solved the Elasto Painters riddle as they went on a blistering start and established a 14-point lead in the first quarter of Game Two. Davis anchored the Bolts’ early onslaught, scoring 13 of his 25 points in the first half.

But the Painters’ splendid outside shooting spelled the difference and turned the game around in the second half as the Bolts fell into a 0-2 hole in the best-of-five series, on the verge of getting eliminated from the playoffs.

[See Norman Black left searching for answers by Rain or Shine’s ‘extraordinary shooting’]

Still, Davis, who had 17 rebounds in 43 minutes despite going down with a minor injury, is not giving up on the Bolts.

“I’m not losing hope at all,” the former San Antonio Spurs signee insisted, pointing out that the Bolts lost four of their last five games in the elimination round before winning two straight in the quarterfinals opposite NLEX.

“So anything is possible. I’m not really worried at this point,” Davis stressed. “We have another opportunity to look forward to.”

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